Karina Otoya-Knapp

Course Instructor

Academic Interests

Bilingual language development, dialectical diversity, and immigrant experiences in schools, Social justice teacher education, particularly as it relates to language and equity issues in K-12 classrooms, Technology uses in higher education

Some of the Values that Shape My Work

Currently, I am fascinated by teaching online and its possibilities for extending collaboration, engaging in deep reflection, and fostering communication across communities. Inspired by educators and community activists who have dedicated their lives to equity and change, I believe that a child-centered and humanizing pedagogy must incorporate a critical social justice agenda.

Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities

  • Assistant Track Coach
  • Mentor to latina high school students
  • Critical Inquiry Facilitator
  • Advisor to working teachers, focus on technology uses in math & science
  • Advisor in Literacy Programs
  • Spencer Fellow

Recent Professional Contributions

  • Children’s Book Committee
  • Kerlin Institute, research
  • Teach fully online, EDUC 505 Language Acquisition
  • Teach EDUC 600 Comparative Migration
  • Teach EDUC 530 Foundations of Modern Education

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Urban Education, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Administration & Instructional Policy, University of Chicago
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Chicago

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Otoya-Knapp, K. (2012). Bilingual education in comparative perspective. Discussant, 7th Annual International Education Conference: Advancing Global Education in Austere Times. New York University, New York, NY.

  • Otoya-Knapp, K. (2011). Examinations on language, culture and race: Drawing from personal images and memories to examine teacher perspectives about dialectical differences in English. Discussant, 6th Annual Conference of the International Education Program: The Politics of Knowledge and Schooling in the Global Era. New York University, New York, NY.

  • Otoya-Knapp, K. (2009). Going public: Social justice in teacher preparation programs. Discussant, 30th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Otoya-Knapp, K. (2008). Awareness, reflection & action: A Universal Design for Learning collaborative for teacher education faculty. Paper Presentation. New York State Association for the Education of Young Children, Buffalo, NY.

  • Otoya-Knapp, K. (2008). Universal Design For Learning: A professional development model for higher education. Paper Presentation, 29th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Otoya-Knapp, K. (2005). More than I bargained for: Confronting bias in teacher preparation. Teacher Education and Practice, 18(1), 15-35.

  • Otoya-Knapp, K. (2004). When central city high school students speak: Doing critical inquiry for democracy. Urban Education, 39, 149-171.

  • Otoya, K. (2000). The impact of critical inquiry in the socialization of first year teachers. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Dissertation Abstracts International (9957825)

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(212) 875-4482 kotoyaknapp@bankstreet.edu
610 West 112Th Street,
New York, NY 10025